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Texas Children To Receive Counseling

Apr 25, 2008
All of the children, recently removed from the Yearn for Zion ranch, will receive mental health counseling. The Texas State office of Child Protective Services is working with several mental health agencies and others in the field, in order to put this all together.

Because all of these children, 416 to be exact, have been taught not to trust the world outside of the ranch environment, the 'non-believers', it will be very difficult for them to adapt to a new and different way of life.

These children have never been allowed to have any type of independent thoughts and have been told that those living outside of the compound are the devil. It has been said that the children have been so sheltered that many don't even know what a crayon is.

Mental-health workers are currently finding it difficult to obtain information from the majority of the children because they have been told, over and over again, not to speak to outsiders.

The counselors hope that once the children began to receive counseling, while not in the presence of the mothers who came with them, they will begin to open up and express their feelings.

In addition to mental health services for children will be receiving other types of medical services. Currently, their educational needs are being assesses, as well.

It should be noted that 139 women voluntarily left with the children. To date, families remain together. During a search, at the compound, a variety of records were seized. These include marriage, birth and genealogical documents, which will help authorities match children with their parents.

All of the women and children are currently residing at, either, the Wells Fargo Pavilion or Fort Concho. At the time, no one from the compound or any other relatives are being allowed to visit. It is not known if this policy will change.

Most of the children are the offspring of the inner circle of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which is a turncoat, splinter, group of the Mormon faith.

Warren Jeffs, who is now serving a prison term, is the self proclaimed prophet of the Church. He is also thought to be the father of most of the children that were removed from the compound.

The compound, located in El Dorado Texas, was raided on April 3, 2008 as the result of a telephone call made by a 16-year-old girl seeking help from a domestic violence shelter. During that phone call the girl indicated that she had been raped and beaten by a 50 year old husband and that she was pregnant.

Construction on the compound began in 2003. It was during that period that many children were taken from the Utah and Arizona area... some without their parents and brought to the compound, to live.

The majority of these children were girls, under the age of six. Jeffs was under the belief that children over the age of six were much too contaminated to be of any use to God.
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